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Old 11-20-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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I think I've read all of Ken Follett's books. Certainly most of them. I even saw him at a book signing once and he signed his book "A Dangerous Fortune" to me. He's one of my favorite authors.

I'm reading his latest now, "Fall of Giants".
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Washington, D.C
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I just finished Fall of Giants. It was excellent just like Pillars of the Earth and World Without End! 1,000 pages never went by so fast. I think it incredible how he intertwines his characters with real people throughout history. He explains in a note in the back how he was careful to make sure the real "characters" stayed true to actual events. What did others think?
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Old 11-27-2010, 04:30 AM
 
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I just finished Fall of Giants. It was excellent just like Pillars of the Earth and World Without End! 1,000 pages never went by so fast. I think it incredible how he intertwines his characters with real people throughout history. He explains in a note in the back how he was careful to make sure the real "characters" stayed true to actual events. What did others think?
I just read Fall of Giants as well. This was my first Ken Follet book .. I totally agree with your assessment. It was 1,000 pages that felt like 100. I will definitely be reading Pillars of the Earth and World Without End soon.
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Old 01-23-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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How in the world did you guys get through those two books? They were terribly gruesome!!!! I tried twice to pick them up and couldn't stomach them.
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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The books are decent. Not the best writing from an academic point of view, but he is a very good story teller. The miniseries is awful. Do not watch it, it may make you like the book less.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I was mesmerized by Fall of Giants from the get-go. Very hard to put down and do necessary life activities! Absolutely loved it.




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I just finished Fall of Giants. It was excellent just like Pillars of the Earth and World Without End! 1,000 pages never went by so fast. I think it incredible how he intertwines his characters with real people throughout history. He explains in a note in the back how he was careful to make sure the real "characters" stayed true to actual events. What did others think?
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:39 PM
 
Location: MS
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I LOOOOVVVEEEEDDD Pillar's of the Earth!! That book brought out every emotion in me! ha! I also enjoyed WWE and Fall of Giants And I can't wait for the next book after Fall of Giants comes out. I really love Follett's writing. Happy Reading!
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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Haven't read the book, but the mini-series was definitely worth watching. And this is coming from a guy who typically doesn't watch mini-series.
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:29 AM
 
Location: CA
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I didn't care for Pillars of the Earth but probably has more to do with my lack of interest in historical fiction than the book itself (and I was a history major in college - go figure).
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I must admit that I just did not get the appeal of "Pillars of the Earth" despite a huge interest in Historical Fiction and History. I found it far too long and rambling and predictable somehow. I felt little empathy for any of the characters and I was a little bored truth be told. It felt more like an overlong screenplay for a Hollywood blockbuster than a book to me.
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